Hold up, they don't do Coming Out Day like MNEK does Coming Out Day. To celebrate the national holiday, the Grammy-nominated artist who co-wrote Beyonce's "Hold Up" and Madonna's "Living for Love" took to Instagram for a long, long story about his coming out, which he admits "issa read" but trust us, it's a read you'll want to sit down for.
When he came out at 18, the now-22-year-old first identified as bisexual but realized after a trip to Malia in 2014 that "girls just weren't for me lol." As he realized he was gay, he began to confront the reality of being a black gay man in a world overrun with both homophobia and racism. "I also think being black and realizing you're gay can be v daunting," he says. You [don't know] what to do or who to talk to, you're dealing with being a dual-minority in a world where being ONE kinda minority is bad enough." As the singer/writer/producer ends his letter, he falls back on a message we all need to hear-out or not.
"We can take back the strength of "coming out" and being gay beyond the realization of your attraction to the same sex-it's also really a test of unconditional love. There's people who aren't in my life anymore, and I'm pretty sure the condition was my homosexuality but oh welp. I've made better friends who love me 4 who I am and you will too!"
Read the letter in full on his Instagram post below and then dance like hell to his music.